A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Posts Tagged ‘staging’

Tiling, Staging and Timing

The master bathroom tiling is dragging on. And on. I really want it to be over with. The contractor occasionally hounds me about it because he wants to do the finish work on the plumbing so he can get a final payment (although apparently he just realized yesterday that the plumber he sub-contracted didn’t include…

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Dining Room Ideas

I’ve been thinking about the dining room a bit and formulating some ideas. Our dining room set is really our old kitchen table set which I bought from friends (along with lots of other stuff that I still have) before they moved to Maui almost twenty years ago. I took over their apartment too (this…

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What’s your Poison: Poly or Acid?

In our previous house, we had the floors refinished mainly in the hopes that it would sell quickly. I wasn’t necessarily concerned with the longest-lasting or best finish — I wanted a nice job, but it was going to be whatever the contractor used. That’s why I don’t understand how the supposed “typical” buyer is…

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Selling our Previous Home, Final Chapter

With the minor renovation complete and our house listed as a 3-bedroom, we could only hope for the best. Since we had to move furniture out anyway, we took this opportunity to pare down even more than we already had. Out went all the bookcases, the living room sofa (which was very difficult to move…

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Selling our Previous Home, Part III

Right before Memorial Day weekend, I said to Pete, “I think we should look into changing the house back into a 3-bedroom.” I knew exactly what the original layout of the house was, because one of my good friends from high school grew up only 1/2 block away from us in the same style of…

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Selling our Previous Home, Part II

I must say that this spring was not the best time to be selling our house. I had hoped to sell last spring (2006), but if you’ve read my previous posts then you know the PO was not going to get his act together to fit my schedule. I’m pretty sure we would have been…

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Selling our Previous Home, Part I

It’s finally over! We closed on our old house yesterday, and it went off without a hitch. We pre-signed everything so we didn’t have to be present at the closing. Our lawyer prefers it that way because the buyer could start whining about something where we’d feel compelled to give up more money. This way…

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Stage Right

As I’ve mentioned, over the past 6-9 months we’’ve slowly been doing a number of things to get ready for the sale of the ranch. I had been saying every year for about the past 12 or so years that we must replace the porch and deck —— the wood had been splitting and it…

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It’s the Little Things

I wish I had taken the time long ago just to do some of those little things that you look at every day and think you should do something about “one day”. In the kitchen of our current house we have cabinets that used to house a double oven (way before my time). Pete converted…

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Seeing Red

Continuing with the staging of our current house, I knew I had to at least paint the ceiling in the living room. Why? Well, I had painted it red. Not cherry or fire engine red. It was a warm red, kind of brick-ish. The walls were red too. Yes, all FOUR walls plus the ceiling.…

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